Top Country Recipes and Runners-Up

Here are some of our favorite winning country recipes, including Southern staples, holiday favorites, and just plain down-home delicious country cooking.

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    Southern-Style Buttermilk Biscuits

    Make Ahead Biscuits

    Diana Rattray

    These fluffy buttermilk biscuits are light and delicious. Use them for little breakfast ham sandwiches or with bits of fried chicken or sausage gravy, or serve them with a family dinner.

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    Easy Fried Green Tomatoes

    Easy Fried Green Tomatoes
    Easy Fried Green Tomatoes. Diana Rattray

    These delicious fried green tomatoes are coated with cornmeal or bread crumbs. Fry them in bacon drippings for amazing flavor!

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    Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

    Classic baked mac and cheese

    The Spruce 

    This has to be everyone's favorite comfort food, served as a main dish or side dish. This delicious casserole is topped with crispy, buttery bread crumbs.

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    Down Home Fresh Peach Cobbler

    a classic peach cobbler with fresh peaches
    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Definitely a major star on the Southern dessert table, this cobbler is made with fresh peaches and a buttery crust. Brush an egg wash over the crust and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar before baking.

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    Classic Southern Fried Chicken

    Classic Southern Fried Chicken on a plate

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    If your fried chicken isn't quite there yet, practice (or rehearsals) makes perfect. Here's one of our most popular recipes.

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    Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Raisins

    Old Fashioned Spiced Bread Pudding With Raisins

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    Bread pudding is such wonderful comfort food, with a caramel, vanilla, or whisky sauce. If bread pudding is on the menu at a restaurant, it's always my first choice.

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    Southern-Style Cornbread

    Southern-Style Cornbread

    The Spruce / Stephanie Goldfinger

    A typical southern cornbread, which is almost essential to serve alongside greens, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, and chili. Or, use all or part of this cornbread to make a great cornbread dressing for the holidays.

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    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Barbecue

    Pulled Pork Barbecue
    Pulled Pork. Diana Rattray

    An easy slow-cooked version of tender pulled pork shoulder for sandwiches. Delicious served with a topping of coleslaw and baked beans on the side. The are plenty of good ways to use it after the initial meal.

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    Seven Layer Salad

    Seven Layer Salad
    Layered Salad. James Baigrie/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    This delicious salad is layered with lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, peas, bacon, cheese, mayonnaise, and other ingredients. It almost always shows up at our big family dinners and holiday menus. Similarly, you should consider the basic tossed salad with homemade croutons and dressing.

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    Chicken And Dumplings

    chicken and dumplings

    Jessica Boone/Photodisc/Getty Images

    One of the South's favorite one-dish meals, it is as traditional as it is delicious. Other dumpling recipes might include a chicken stew with cornmeal parsley dumplings.

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    Simple Meatloaf

    Easy Classic Meatloaf

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    This delicious classic homemade meatloaf can be topped with the optional barbecue sauce glaze. It's one of my favorite comfort foods, and this is an easy and flavorful version. There are even muffin varieties.

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    Crispy Fried Okra

    Crispy Fried Okra
    Crispy Fried Okra. Diana Rattray

     Freshly sliced okra pods are fried to perfection with a crusty cornmeal coating. This okra is a must for a classic Deep South meal. You should also consider shrimp and okra with tomatoes and rice.